I thought it was awfully combative, but I’m too tipsy from all the references to “freedom” to have an really well-informed opinion. My sober wife Becky — who’s more of a “swing voter” than I am anyway — writes: “It was inspiring. I went into this speech thinking that Bush was bumbling dumbass and now, I feel he’s doing a good job. His thing on reducing dependence on foreign oil, on Iran and nukular weapons, and on Katrina and rising from the ashes to be something better was right on. The guest worker thing. If the election was tomorrow, I’d vote for Bush.”
More of Becky’s thoughts here.
P.S. What is wrong with Tim Kaine’s left eyebrow???
P.P.S. Fox News (including Newt Gingrich) and CNN both said Kaine’s speech was very good, though. I was more interested in the bag of Doritos than in Kaine’s speech, but I suppose it was good.
P.P.P.S. Lots of less-positive reviews of Bush’s speech in comments.
InstaPundit: “Better than I expected, though that’s a function of my low expectations.”
Daily Kos: “Nowhere near as good or powerful as last year’s (which I thought was his best speech ever). This was, frankly, more of the same ol’.” And: “among the most predictably tedious, warmed over State of the Union performances ever televised.”
Hugh Hewitt: “A great speech, focused early on the crucial issues facing the world … There was great urgency in the president’s speech tonight, and a recognition impossible to avoid that one party is serious about the national security and pressing domestic issues and the other is not.”
Wonkette: “OMG HUMAN-ANIMAL HYBRIDS! BUSH SAYS NO TO WEREWOLVES. HEAR THAT CONGRESS? The man is taking a stand. To repeat: Hybrid cars: Good. Hybrid human-animals: Bad. Do not clone Jack Abramoff.”